“There would be no Lenin without Rasputin.” — Robert K. Massies
Grigori Rasputin (Monk, 1869 - 1916, Siberia) was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia.
Felix Yusupov (Prince, 1887 - 1967) was a Russian aristocrat, prince and count from the Yusupov family. He is best known for participating in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin and marrying the niece of Tsar Nicholas II.
Tsar Nicholas II (/Zar … The Second/)
If all went as planned, his guest would be dead by morning.
How could a single monk
be to blame for the fate of an empire?
If not for his
conversion to the Russian Orthodox Church, …
Inspired by the humbled monks that wandered endlessly from holy site to holy site, he spent years on
pilgrimages across Russia.
- n./v. A journey to a sacred place or shrine
- n./v. A long journey or search.
On his travels, strangers
were captivated by Rasputin’s
Despite Rasputin’s heavy drinking,
petty theft, and
- petty = trivial
- promiscuity = mess; promiscuous sexual relations
He attracted both
laypeople and powerful
- laypeople / layman / laywoman
- A person who is not a member of the clergy
- A person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field
Nicholas and his wife Alexandra devoutly believed in the Orthodox Church, as well as in mysticism and supernatural powers, and this Siberian holy man had them
- Her eyes were transfixed with terror.
- For hours he stood transfixed.
It was a particularly
tumultuous period for Russia and their family. The
barely clinging to control.
Their political struggles were only intensified by personal
heir to the throne, had a
life-threatening blood disease called
cement someone’s belief in …
… guaranteeing his privileged place
on the royal court.
Today, we know that the doctors had
prescribed aspirin, a drug that
mixed views on …
… amplifying their
often-unheard voice to the monarchy.
He served Rasputin a number of
pastries, believing they contained
- pastry 点心；油酥饼糕
- cyanide /ˈsaɪəˌnaɪd/ 氰化物
… had a change of heart … 突然变心 / 改变主意
In desperation, he shot Rasputin
at point-blank range.
- point-blank 平时的、近距离的；断然地
… punch his attackers …
Yusupov and his
accomplices pursued him, finally killing Rasputin with a bullet to the forehead, and
dumping his body in the Malaya Nevka river.
- accomplice 共犯
Just as Rasputin
prophesied, his murder
was swiftly followed by death of the royal family.
in the making…
- in the process of developing or being made
You will be placed in a
single-file line facing forward in size order.
- single file
- n. A line of people (also called Indian file) or things standing one behind the other.
- adv. single-file
If at least nine of you guess correctly, you’ll all be
So what meaning can be assigned to those words that will allow everyone else to
deduce their hat colors?
Let’s see how it would
play out if the hats were distributed like this.
It looks like these aliens will have to
go hungry, or find some less logical organisms to
- v. 诱拐、绑架
- n. abduction / n. abductor